Vichyssoise is a cold leek-and-potato soup served with chopped chives. The fresh chives add a subtle flavor that perfectly showcases the distinctive taste of asparagus.
- 1 Tbs. canola oil
- 1 leek, white part only, cleaned and chopped
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 1 large russet potato, chopped
- 1 lb. asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces with tips reserved
- 4 cups water
- 2 fresh thyme sprigs
- 2 fresh parsley sprigs
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives for garnish
Heat oil over medium heat in large saucepan. Add leeks, cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until softened. Stir in wine, and cook 2 minutes more, or until most liquid has evaporated.
Add chopped potato, asparagus pieces (but not tips), water, thyme and parsley sprigs, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and cook 30 minutes over medium-low heat, or until potatoes are tender. Remove thyme and parsley sprigs; pour soup in batches into food processor, and purée to a creamy consistency (or use an immersion blender, and purée in pot). Chill well.
Bring pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Drop in asparagus tips, remove from heat and let stand 1 minute. Drain, and rinse under cold water. Ladle soup into bowls, and divide asparagus tips among them. Sprinkle with fresh chives, and serve.
- Calories: 90
- Carbohydrate Content: 15 g
- Fat Content: 2 g
- Fiber Content: 2 g
- Protein Content: 3 g
- Sodium Content: 300 mg
- Sugar Content: 2 g